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    4link calc

    ran down into the dumpster fire long enough to grab some help locking in a 4link I'm working on and ........... dead. anyone have the latest version of the 4link calculator they would be willing to pass along?

    #2
    Let me see what I have on my shop computer.

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      #3
      Patooyee was nice enough to host them on his server:

      http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/3_LinkV1.0b.xls

      http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/4BarLinkV3.0c.xls

      http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/4BarLinkV3.1d.xls

      The last one is the latest publicly available version, where I added the 'travel' window and replaced the need for the 'solver add-in' with straight vector math so you don't need anything special to view it in Excel or OpenOffice. Depending on macro settings the buttons for travel might not work but you can put a number directly into the 'travel amount' box (positive for bump, negative for droop) and view the same thing.

      edit: hey Austin , Pat's had these hosted on his private server since 2014, is there a way to upload directly to here?
      Last edited by vetteboy79; 05-21-2020, 08:48 PM.

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        #4
        Thanks, looks like those are newer than I had saved, and I couldn't figure out how to attach them either.

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          #5
          I found the V4.0 version on the other site a while back. I have modified it into V4.1 since then.

          https://drive.google.com/file/d/12hl...ew?usp=sharing

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            #6
            I asked this on another forum and didn’t get any answers. Its sad when a good thing comes to an end.

            Hopefully someone here can help. Any feedback would be appreciated. Since I asked the question below the front is complete and I dropped the front design into the calculator to have the data there to start on the rear. We’re turning around the Scout to start on the rear four link tonight. I’m getting a lot of “#DIV/0!” and “#VALUE!” calculations by having the upper and lower links set to the same points.

            Question for anyone.

            How do you set up Version 4.0 for radius arms? With the old version I used I recall it had a note to set the upper and lower links with the same frame end point and the axle end at the center of the axle tube. I can’t find any of the data from my old build and can’t find where I might have gotten that idea.

            We’re almost done building the front radius arms and will hopefully start on the rear four link this week for our Scout 800. We want to play with some numbers.

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              #7
              Originally posted by OC IH View Post

              How do you set up Version 4.0 for radius arms? With the old version I used I recall it had a note to set the upper and lower links with the same frame end point and the axle end at the center of the axle tube. I can’t find any of the data from my old build and can’t find where I might have gotten that idea.
              If putting the same frame end point gives errors, just make them close, like .1 off. That difference won't matter. The axle end shouldn't matter much either as it's using the instant center for the calculations and with radius arms the instant center is always at the same place regardless of the link placement on the axle. If the antisquat/dive values look big, they should, because radius arms have terrible characteristics like that.

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                #8
                Originally posted by vetteboy79 View Post

                If putting the same frame end point gives errors, just make them close, like .1 off. That difference won't matter. The axle end shouldn't matter much either as it's using the instant center for the calculations and with radius arms the instant center is always at the same place regardless of the link placement on the axle. If the antisquat/dive values look big, they should, because radius arms have terrible characteristics like that.
                Thanks. I'll mess with the frame end points and see what happens. Both antilift and antidive values are negative at ride height at the moment and returning errors for all other positions. We'll see what happens when we get real numbers in for the rear as we begin to see what is possible.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by OC IH View Post
                  How do you set up Version 4.0 for radius arms? With the old version I used I recall it had a note to set the upper and lower links with the same frame end point and the axle end at the center of the axle tube. I can’t find any of the data from my old build and can’t find where I might have gotten that idea.
                  The likely cause is that you are using the same point for both links on the axle. That causes issues with determining how the axle pivots as it travels. The same point should be used on the frame.

                  Edit: Looking into it a bit more, there are some calculations errors that occur if the lower and or upper links on one end of a vehicle are parallel, but that is accounted for already, and is not an issue. There is a possible issue with the pinion angle changes, resulting from me forgetting how the arc-tangent function works. So use common sense if the value appears 100*+ off of what seems reasonable, when using the file you have. I have fixed the pinion angle calculations and updated the file in the link above.
                  Last edited by Treefrog; 06-17-2020, 11:36 PM.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by vetteboy79 View Post
                    Patooyee was nice enough to host them on his server:

                    http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/3_LinkV1.0b.xls

                    http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/4BarLinkV3.0c.xls

                    http://www.patooyee.com/linkcalc/4BarLinkV3.1d.xls

                    The last one is the latest publicly available version, where I added the 'travel' window and replaced the need for the 'solver add-in' with straight vector math so you don't need anything special to view it in Excel or OpenOffice. Depending on macro settings the buttons for travel might not work but you can put a number directly into the 'travel amount' box (positive for bump, negative for droop) and view the same thing.

                    edit: hey Austin , Pat's had these hosted on his private server since 2014, is there a way to upload directly to here?
                    Not sure how I missed this. I can probably make a page for all this type stuff.
                    America is all about speed, hot nasty bad ass speed.
                    -Elenore Roosevelt

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                      #11
                      We used 4 Bar Linkage Calculator v4.1 for this. I would appreciate some feedback on what the calculator is giving me. This is for a Scout 800, radius arm front, and 4 link rear. The front is done. We’re working on the rear.
                      The calculations show the longest links possible. Things that can change are;
                      • Upper Link Axle end can move forward up to 2 inches.
                      • Upper Link Frame end can move down 1 or 2 inches (adjustable bracket).
                      • Lower Link Axle end can drop up to 2 inches.
                      • FRAME ENDS can get up to 9 inches shorter.
                      The biggest changes in the calculator come from shortening the links. This increases anti-squat, anti-lift, and roll axis in the rear.
                      This is the first time we’ve set up a rear four link. Any feedback is appreciated. We want to get the numbers as good as possible before we start cutting new steel.
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                        #12
                        I've been looking at this and thinking about it. Would this be something that would be beneficial to have an a built in calculator on here? I could see it being somewhat of an attraction to the site ... but would that make it a PIA or is it preferred to run in Excel?
                        America is all about speed, hot nasty bad ass speed.
                        -Elenore Roosevelt

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Austin View Post
                          I've been looking at this and thinking about it. Would this be something that would be beneficial to have an a built in calculator on here? I could see it being somewhat of an attraction to the site ... but would that make it a PIA or is it preferred to run in Excel?
                          I would think that Excel is preferred. That way it can be improved by the community without having to worry about how it gets updated. Keeping it in Excel also makes it easier to keep track of multiple setups, for example if you are helping a buddy with his rig. And the current version (4.1) has a page, materials, that allows users to add to a personal database. When playing around with it in Excel, I would often create design specific outputs or have outputs normally not shown presented to me.

                          The best approach may be a resources page that has the files or link to threads about the files so that you don't have to dig around to find them. Having the thread links may be the best way because it will make feedback and discussion about a particular calculator easier to follow, at least until the inevitable change into a check my numbers thread. File uploading, at least for Excel docs, would help with the issue that started this thread, namely dead and broken links to where they are stored.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Treefrog View Post

                            I would think that Excel is preferred. That way it can be improved by the community without having to worry about how it gets updated. Keeping it in Excel also makes it easier to keep track of multiple setups, for example if you are helping a buddy with his rig. And the current version (4.1) has a page, materials, that allows users to add to a personal database. When playing around with it in Excel, I would often create design specific outputs or have outputs normally not shown presented to me.

                            The best approach may be a resources page that has the files or link to threads about the files so that you don't have to dig around to find them. Having the thread links may be the best way because it will make feedback and discussion about a particular calculator easier to follow, at least until the inevitable change into a check my numbers thread. File uploading, at least for Excel docs, would help with the issue that started this thread, namely dead and broken links to where they are stored.
                            I hear ya. I was planning on having a public/private setting where you could share your results with others.

                            I totally get having it improved by the community. Who keeps it in check? From breaking and giving bad data?
                            America is all about speed, hot nasty bad ass speed.
                            -Elenore Roosevelt

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                              #15
                              Version 4 is bad ass - I've been using V3 like a chump

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